Pro-Voucher & Pro-Choice
Slams Union Practices & Head Start Program
John Stossel, libertarian and consumer reporter with Fox News and Fox Business Channel,
hosts a lively and combative six-part program on public education.
Stossel, former ABC anchor of the 20/20 program, is billed as "the man who shatters conventional wisdom". Each segment gives an overview of the key debates in public education today, even though Stossel has no qualms about letting his personal libertarian beliefs be known and skews the program in his direction.
Entertaining to watch, Stossel does, however, allow the opposing side the opportunity to present their case. Below are the first three segments:
#1 Video- Overview. Featuring Kevin Chavous, Former Councilman in the second half of segment. Key points include Stossel's opinion that we should call public schools "government schools", since they "are a government-run monopoly", according to Stossel.
Stossel also compared US schools to Belgium and asked "What predicts success?" with the answer being autonomy of the teachers and schools as the first factor, and parent choice of schools, with the "dollars being attached to the student" not the school.
#2 video - Charter schools vs. public schools: Debate between Eva Moskowitz, head of Harlem Success Academy, and Scott Stringer, Manhattan Borough President.
3# video - Debate On Teacher Unions & Tenure: Debate between George Parker, Teacher Union President of DC, and Jeanne Allen, President Center for Education Reform.